Month: <span>October 2015</span>

During a discussion on the future of the United States Postal Service held on Capitol Hill Tuesday, Dr. Sheldon Garon, a professor of History and East Asian Studies at Princeton University, said the USPS might experience greater revenues if additional services are implemented at post offices across America.

Garon detailed the long historical trajectory of postal savings by banks worldwide in both developing and developed countries, adding that at one time, the United States had a postal saving system, but that the system was phased out by savings bonds during World War II and the FDIC by 1966.

Many other countries, including Germany, France, Switzerland, and Japan, have surviving postal savings banks as well as additional banking and monetary services.

While conceding that savings accounts at the Post Office may seem like a “pretty wacky idea,” Garon went on to explain that additional services might just be the way to save the postal service and increase revenue, especially during a time of exceeding cuts to funding and major declines in mail volume. He said such services could be “creative,” such as savings/checking accounts, debit cards, money orders, and electronic banking.

Despite a hunger strike held by the Community and Postal Workers United aimed at discouraging privatization, Garon said that partnering with the private sector, if postal banking is restored, would allow access to low income and younger customers.

Garon emphasized, however, that in order for these services to come to fruition, laws need to be changed. Some services offered by the USPS are “grandfathered [in],” but others sit in “murky” standing and probably require legislative adjustments.

“[The] law’s gotta be changed. It’s gotta be modernized,” Garon said.


electionFormer Florida governor Jeb Bush and Donald Trump will not be attending the Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines. The Family Leader, conservative Christian group, will be hosting the event. Normally, religion and politics do not go hand in hand during holiday feasts. But this time around Republican presidential candidate will answer questions that are said to unveil their character. Vander Plaats is considered to be the evangelical kingmaker and has been endorsing Caucus winners in Iowa. His track record includes Sen Rick Santorum in 2012 and Mike Huckabee in 2008, the former from Pennsylvania and the latter former governor of Arkansas.

Vander Plaats said that Trump wanted an endorsement from him and would take part in the event. Plaat also agreed that he liked Trump for his transparency and authentic character. He added that he was very real. Calling Trump “a tremendous candidate”, Plaats said that it was Trump that pushed the Republicans to take up big issues. If Trump becomes the Republican presidential candidate, he will require evangelical base support informed Vander Plaats. The campaign spokesperson of Trump said that he has a long standing association with South Carolina.


Trump will campaign in Birmingham, Ala, and Spartanburg, SC on Friday. Though, the self examination forum will not be the stronghold of Trump. The questions at the discussion may turn out to be emotional discussing their personal adversities. During this discussion, the true self of the candidates will be revealed, informs Vander Plaats. He said that on Friday evening such questions will be put forth to seven candidates by Frank Luntz, the conservative political consultant, and moderator.

Trump earlier at a Family Leader event in July made a controversial statement during his campaign. At the event, he criticized Arizona Senator John McCain by saying, “He’s a war hero because he was captured. I like people that weren’t captured.” Vander Plaats says that Jeb Bush is making a mistake not attending the event. He furthered that the evangelicals played a great role in helping his father and brother win the elections. It is time for Bush to approach them to get some respite for his troubled campaign.

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